Root, Brick, RUU, TWRP etc…

Android learnisms

Nandroid will not always save you

TWRP will not always save you

If you can, HAVE your RUU (Rom update utility) for your phone. IT will save you – unless you have a hardware problem.

If you have an HTC – please have S-OFF before you do anything, because S-ON will not save you.

USB Debugging cannot be turned on once the phone is screwed up. (Turn USB Debugging on before doing anything)

Cautious when flashing boot.img – make sure you have a stock boot.img to go back to. I recommend for HTC devices doing S-OFF so you don’t have to flash the boot.img separately.

ABC’s of Android

What is root, s-off, unlocked boot loader?

Another web site explaining root etc…

Root and S-OFF.

Even more….

or…. pay someone to do this for you because it’s painful.

The RUU (ROM update utility ) allows you to go back to stock on your HTC device. Note that you must lock the boot loader again if it is unlocked when running the RUU. You can run any RUU that is equal to your ROM or newer.

How to run an RUU.

HTC ONE S last RUU (at bottom – download)

Sometimes you get stuck in a boot loop (HTC logo with red text anyone?) and need to boot up again with the original boot image. Here’s how to get the boot.img for the original ROM. Get to fastboot mode over usb (HTC) and then fastboot flash boot boot.img (note: not needed if you have S-OFF)

How to extract boot.img from RUU

Apparently HBOOT is stored in the file with is in the RUU. So if you want to downgrade HBOOT (from 2.16 to 2.15 etc..) flash the with S-OFF.

Get adb and fastboot easily for OS X. (After installing you should restart and BTW quit HTC Sync Manager if it’s running).

To check a downloaded file – download  the file, then open terminal. Type md5 and then drag the file onto terminal to insert the path. Then press enter. Compare the checksum to what you see on the download page.

ADB sideload with TWRP – caught in a boot loop with HTC device (HTC screen with red text)? This link could certainly help you out.

Accidentally pressed Reset Factory Settings in Bootloader when you have custom recovery? You need to flash the stock recovery back on to the phone and then choose Reset Factory Settings again. Then you can put back TWRP or CWM by flashing the custom recovery back.

Install custom recovery TWRP – this is so that you can install ROMS or backup your system.

Here is CWM custom recovery – another very popular recovery.

superSU to grant your apps super user (i.e. root).

 Root, unlock, recovery HTC ONE S

Another thread on unlock, recovery and root.

 Possibilities with s-off.

How to extract Kernel from ROM

Build environment with OS X

Another link re: building with OS X and another



Turn automatic updates in iOS7 OFF

All professional users should turn automatic updates off on their iPad. The problem with automatic updates is that while the update is happening, the application is disabled. Imagine being in a concert or before a concert and the automatic update starts and then you are stuck. Worse yet is if the app store stalls and then you cannot use your apps that are updating!

Please check if you have it on and turn it off:

Turn off automatic updates for iOS7

Practice swings a day

I agree with Hank Haney – although I would add to practice on a mat and make sure you are sweeping the mat on every swing.

Hank Haney – practice every day.

Weekend golfers

As I watch a ton of golfers try to hit way too hard; use only their arms; swing wildly at the ball – it brings to mind pretty much the only solution that has worked for me: Paul Wilson’s method.

Of course nothing beats taking lessons from a pro. But if you are going to watch any videos and read books, this method works. I’ve tried a lot of other methods and this is the one that works and is worth the money.

Paul Wilson’s Ignition Golf

Sing a song

Had to learn this for a gig. Although we didn’t play it – figured I’d save anyone else having to learn this song.


Weekend golfers take note

If you struggle to shoot below 90 on the golf course, then grab this book immediately. Not so much for the golf swing tips, but for the course management ideas. This book makes sense and any score in the 80’s is decent enough for a weekend golfer.


Apple, please put in a “Require password to Power Off” feature!!!!!

If you have an iDevice. Please tell Apple to put in a “Require password to Power Off” feature. The first thing that a thief will do is power off the iDevice making Find my Phone useless.

Send feedback to Apple:

Or heck, write Tim Cook!

iPad mini = lousy mic/preamp

The iPad mini seems to have taken a big step back to the iPad 1 type of mic/preamp system. It distorts very easily and is not at all good like the iPhone 4,4S,5, or iPad 2,3,4 mic/preamp system. No go for recording a band!!!! Why Apple?

SSH key for OS X

When generating the SSH key, you really do want to hit enter for the default file (id_rsa). The passphrase, though is a different story. Enter a passphrase for that one that is secure.

$ ssh-keygen -t rsa Generating public/private rsa key pair. Enter file in which to save the key (/Users/user/.ssh/id_rsa): [enter for default] Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase): [password] Enter same passphrase again: [password confirmation]

iPad mini protective “sleeve”

20 cent protective sleeve for iPad mini! 6X9 bubble envelope.